Got new skis for Christmas, thinking about a trip to the mountains for Easter…just a warning. Don’t go to Everest, its closed!! Nope you didn’t read that wrong, Mt. Everest the worlds highest peak is closed for business by both China and Nepal.
There are two routes to the world’s highest peak, and both are scheduled to be off-limits to mountaineers this spring, as Beijing strives to inaugurate this summer’s Olympic Games free of pro-Tibetan protests.
Beijing announced this past week that the route to the summit along the north face of the mountain, in Chinese-controlled Tibet, would be closed. Now, Nepal has decided that at least between May 1 and 10, when China has said it plans to carry up the Olympic torch, no one will be allowed to scale the summit along the south face, which is in Nepal. So seriously folks, your Easter trip to Everest is off…go to Hardangervida instead…..
China’s plans to have the Olympic torch carried into Tibet over Mount Everest have drawn protests from groups that advocate greater autonomy for Tibet as well as from monks in the Tibetan capital, Lhasa. In India, Tibetan exiles were arrested as they set off on foot from Dharamsala, in north India, en route to Lhasa. They have since begun a hunger strike, vowing to continue until they are released. All kidding aside, Tibet takes this very seriously, and they are taking the golden opportunity to protest the claim to one of their earlier national landmarks.
Thankfully I wasn’t planning on climbing Everest this year anyway….I’m not even sure I am in shape enough to play golf…think I better hit the gym!!
God Påske (Happy Easter!!)